Two institutes of the Johannes Kepler University participate in the project:
The Institute for Chemical Technology of Organic Materials
The Institute of Polymer Product Engineering
The Institute for Chemical Technology of Organic Materials is one of the founding chemistry departments at the JKU Linz. The groups interest is focused on a wide range of organic synthesis and applications of industrial relevance. This includes, but is not limited to, research in the field of complex macromolecular architecture, catalytic olefin polymerization, synthesis and characterization of melamine resins, additive and nano chemistry, renewable resources and process safety.
In addition to a standard laboratory equipment, the department operates a state of the art, fully equipped polymerization laboratory in a safe bunker environment for high pressure polymerization (up to 350 bar). The lab includes polymerization reactors in different scales from microliters to 30 liters, a supercritical CO2 extraction unit and a glovebox. With this equipment it is possible to collect fundamental information on the polymerizations in terms of kinetics, but also have enough material to evaluate structure property relations of the generated samples.
The Institute of Polymer Product Engineering was founded in the frame of the Polymer Science and Engineering Programs of the JKU in 2009 and is active on the fields of teaching, research and service for the plastic industry. The focus of the research lies on the design and dimensioning of components from unreinforced and from fiber reinforced polymeric materials, polymer-polymer and polymer-metal hybrids. Integrated simulation models containing the process, the microstructure and the deformation and failure analysis of specific components are performed and validated by subsequent component test under service relevant loading conditions. These component tests can be performed both for small (up to 1 kN) and large scale (up to 250 kN) components at various temperatures over a wide loading rate and frequency range.
The JKU is responsible for the development of foamable core-shell nanoparticle synthesis and the characterisation of their functional properties, for simulation and characterisation of mechanical and physical properties of the inks, for consulting in design strategies for bio-inspired joints and for simulation tool for digital materials
Johannes Kepler Universität Linz,
4040, Linz, Austria